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Common Causes of Chest Pain on the Right Side

Common Causes of Chest Pain on the Right Side

Say the words “chest pain” and people automatically think: heart problem. The truth is there’s more to your chest then just what’s on the left side. Chest pain on the right side should not be ignored either. cardiologist-nyc

Your chest is home to several important organs and structures, including the:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Esophagus
  • Ribs
  • Muscles

When something goes wrong, it can be indicated by chest pain on the right side.

The other Side of Cause and Effect

We will list and describe several health problems that can originate or transfer to the right side of your chest.

Pleurisy­ – inflammation of the lining in your lungs and chest wall. It causes a sharp pain when you breathe, sneeze, or cough. Why does it happen? There can be a number of reasons. The root of the problem might be a common bacterial infection or a rare autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Viral infections – think of the common cold or flu. These illnesses can come with chest pain on the right side, due to chest congestion. It will feel like a deep and achy stabbing pain when you take a deep breath or cough. When the congestion subsides, so does the pain.

Pneumothorax – otherwise known as; a partially collapsed lung. This chest injury releases air into your abdomen each time you take a breath. For that reason, the pain is usually worse while breathing. This is a common injury in car accidents and high-impact falls.

Rib dislocation or fracture – you will feel this pain in your right upper chest area. It will worsen when you breathe, cough, or bend over. Other than pain management, there is very little that can be done for this injury. It will resolve on its own in a matter of days or weeks.

Problems with acid reflux – more commonly referred to as indigestion. This gastric upset can cause a burning sensation in your throat and chest. If it is bad enough, it can cause coughing fits as well. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, large meals, and smoking to maintain a healthy digestive tract.

There are several more diseases and organ malfunctions that can cause chest pain on the right side. These are just five examples. The best thing you can do is reduce and manage stress.

Dr. Seldon, a Heart Doctor and Cardiologist in New York City, offers same day appointments and all testing is done on site. Call us at (212) 367-8000.



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